Motivation and Job Performance of Academic Staff of State Universities in Nigeria: The Case of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State

  •  Dauda Abdulsalam    
  •  Mohammed Abubakar Mawoli    


This study investigates the relationship between motivation and teaching performance on one hand, and
motivation and research performance on the other hand. It employs a survey research method in collecting data
from academic staff of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), Nigeria. A total of 141 or 64%
of the academic staff of the University were sampled out of a population of 219 academic staff. Pearson
correlation and linear regression statistical tools were used to determine the relationship as well as the effect of
motivation on both teaching and research performances. The result reveals a moderate positive correlation
between motivation and teaching performance; and a weak negative correlation between motivation and research
performance. It further shows that motivation exerts significant influence on teaching performance but does not
exert any significant influence on research performance. The study therefore recommends that universities
should take the issue of academic staff motivation seriously to facilitate effective teaching and delivery of
knowledge. Universities should also set aside special funds for sponsoring publication and even marketing of
researches conducted by the academic staff.

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